Preparing Coffee: V60 vs Chemex
Making coffee is an art, and it can get as complex as anything else.
While in the morning before work most of us settle for a few spoons covered with boiling water from our kettle, it does not mean that’s all there is to it. On the contrary, many people put extreme care and a lot of thought into the way they drink their coffee when it’s not meant to simply boost the energy levels. From that sort of thinking some of the most popular ways to prepare quality coffee emerged. Let’s look into two that you can see at coffee shops most often – V60 and Chemex.
First, let’s establish that the two are not drastically different, although the results they produce might vary quite significantly. Both are pour over methods, meaning you don’t boil the coffee or anything like that, you simply pour hot water over it. That way it turns out smooth and rich in flavours. However, the difference between the two lies in the thickness of the filter paper and consequently how long the draining process of the coffee takes, as well as the amount and the intensity of the coffee made.
Also known as Hario V60, this coffee dripping system was conceived in Japan and is a truly handy and rather straightforward way to make yourself a nice and smooth cup of this stimulating beverage. The name might seem peculiar, but it certainly has a reason behind it; the V stands for the shape and the 60 for the 60 degrees in which the sides are angled.
It gained popularity very quickly because it is minimalistic and portable, so many found it as a great alternative to simply pouring hot water over a few tablespoons of ground coffee. The way it functions is based on a couple of sharp ridges on the inside, making sure the flow of air is consistent and the water flow is steady and of appropriate pace. A large hole at the bottom collects the coffee that drips from the V shaped top into which you place the filter. There is a learning curve to it too! The angle and the speed with which you pour the water does affect how strong the coffee turns out to be. Make sure you look into some tips on how to do it right! V60s come in different sizes, so you can get one that makes a single cup or one that serves the whole family.
Considered to be a little more complex than V60, it must be admitted that Chemex even looks more high-end. A glass jug with a wooden neck and a leather tie will not only serve you well in making excellent coffee, but also be a nice aesthetic addition to your kitchen. It also requires paper filters, which are a little denser, so the coffee turns out to be completely sediment free. However, it tends to cost a lot more than V60 and it is even more complicated to get used to the pouring technique. At the end, which one you choose depends solely on your preferences.